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Klise, John (1840-1914)


Posted By: Linda Linn (email)
Date: 3/9/2011 at 00:07:06

LeMars Semi-weekly Sentinel


John W. Klise, a well known and honored pioneer resident of Plymouth county, died at his home on Park street in this city at half past eight o'clock on Sunday morning at the age of seventy-four years. His death was not unexpected as he had been in poor health for some time. A few months ago he suffered a severe attack of illness and his life was despaired of but he rallied and was able to be up and again out of doors. A short time ago he was again stricken with disease caused by hardening of the arteries and ills attendant on old age and his condition became hopeless. He breathed his last at the opening of a beautiful autumn morning, surrounded by his wife and family.

John W. Klise was a native of Ohio, and was born at Wyandotte on September 23, 1840, where he went to school and worked on a farm. At the age of fifteen he came to Iowa with his parents. They settled on a farm in Jones county where Mr. Klise assisted them in the work. In 1861 when the war broke out over the land, Mr. Klise was one of the first to respond to Lincoln's call for volunteers. He enlisted as a private in Company M, Seventh Iowa Cavalry, serving his term of enlistment and was discharged at Port Sully on February 28, 1864.

The same day he re-enlisted in the same company and regiment and was made a corporal and served until the end of the war, receiving an honorable discharge on June 22, 1866, in Sioux City.

The greater part of his military service was spent in the Indian war in the Dakotas.

On July 8, 1866, he was united in marriage with Leah Belenga, of Sioux City. They started married life on a farm in Marshall county. They then came to Plymouth county, making the
long trip in a wagon and on their arrival here took up a homestead three miles west of LeMars.

Mr. Klise farmed for many years and on retiring came to LeMars to live. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss. They are: George E. Klise, of Yankton, S. D., Mrs. J. D. Royer, Coon Rapids, Iowa, Chas. A. Klise, St. Louis, Mo., John F. Klise, Ontario, Cal., Will J. Klise, Sioux City, Mrs. Chas. Hall, Luverne, Minn., C. F. Klise, of LeMars, Earl L. Klise, Valentine, Neb.

The funeral service will be held at the First Congregational church at two o'clock on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Klise was a loving husband and father, a good citizen and possessed of kindly and neighborly ways which won him many friends. He fought bravely for his country and following
faithful service, suffered the hardships and vicissitudes which were the lot of pioneers. He bore reverses bravely and later comparative prosperity did not unduly elate him. His
death is regretted by many old and warm friends.

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